The Stars are off to a nice 2-0-0 start with wins over the San Antonio Rampage and the Charlotte Checkers. The standout performer so far has been the new guy, Cody Eakin. Eakin has looked like a hell of playmaker on both sides of the ice and finished up with two goals and an assist last week. He’s connecting well playing with Tomas Vincour (who could’ve had a great week if it weren’t for his stone hands) and Reilly Smith.
The Stars have a busy schedule with three games in three days this weekend.
Oct. 19 – Texas Stars @ Houston Aeros
Oct. 20 – Houston Aeros @ Texas Stars
Oct. 21 – Lake Erie Monsters @ Texas Stars
Jamie Benn had a below average week with only one assist and nine shots in two games. He did receive third star honors in a 3-1 loss to the Straubing Tigers though, so he’s still an effective player even if he’s not scoring out there. He has a very low shooting percentage of 5% in his four games so far with the Freezers, so his stats should improve.
Oct. 19 – Hannover Scorpions @ Hamburg Freezers
Oct. 21 – Hamburg Freezers @ Düsseldorfer EG
Jaromir Jagr had another low key week just one assist for Kladno in their two games. He hasn’t been showing up on the scoresheet often in the past couple of weeks, though his team is still doing pretty well.
Oct. 18 – Kladno @ Karlovy Vary
Oct. 21 – Kladno @ Bili Tygri Liberec
Tom Wandell went pointless in his second game with the Cherepovets in the KHL but he’s been getting a lot of time on ice. He had 17:18 of TOI in his one game last week and once again led the team in the face-off dot, winning 14 of 23 (61%). He managed three shots but has still yet to register a point for his overseas team.
Oct. 15 – Vityaz Chekhov vs Severstal Cherepovets
Oct. 17 – Slovan Bratislava vs Severstal Cherepovets
Oct. 20 – Avangard Omsk Region vs Severstal Cherepovets
Philip Larsen had two assists in his team’s three games last week and continues to put up some nice points with his Finnish team. His team sits in the 11th spot out of 14 teams though so they haven’t been winning many of those games.
Oct. 16 – Ilves Tampere vs Rauman Lukko
Oct. 19 – Rauman Lukko vs HIFK Helsinki
Stephane Robidas got his first taste of overseas hockey this year in a 5-4 loss to Karpat Oulu. He was thrust into the starting line-up, but didn’t register a point in his first game.
Oct. 19 – HIFK Helsinki vs Rauman Lukko
Oct. 20 – HIFK Helsinki vs Pelicans Lahti
The Rangers had a tough week, suffering two losses by a combined 9-4 score and have now lost five of their last six games.
Radek Faksa was only able to manage one assist in those two games and his team is the lowest scoring squad in the OHL. He’s tapered off since his hot start and needs to pick it up again along with his teammates.
Oct. 19 – Oshawa Generals @ Kitchener Rangers
Oct. 20 – Kitchener Rangers @ Sarnia Sting
Oct. 21 – Kingston Frontenacs @ Kitchener Rangers
Brett Ritchie had his least productive week of the season so far with just one assist in four games last week. The IceDogs subsequently lost three of those games before righting the ship against the Windsor Spitfires.
Oct. 18 – Brampton Battalion @ Niagara IceDogs
Oct. 20 – Kingston Frontenacs @ Niagara IceDogs
Owen Sound Attack
Gemel Smith continued to rack up points with two more assists last week in two games played. He now has four straight games with a point (and four straight with an assist).
Oct. 19 – Ottawa 67’s@ Owen Sound Attack
Oct. 20 – Oshawa Generals @ Owen Sound Attack
Matej Stransky rebounded from a pointless week to a one goal, four assist explosion in four games last week as he and his team both broke out of a bad slump. The Blades remain in the cellar in their division though and still have the worst defense in the league (allowed nine more goals than the second worst).
Oct. 17 – Tri-City Americans @ Saskatoon Blades
Oct. 19 – Saskatoon Blades @ Swift Current Broncos
Oct. 20 – Everett Silvertips @ Saskatoon Blades
Prince Albert Raiders
Mike Winther made his return to the lineup after dealing with injury issues the past two weeks and was able to register one assist in three games. It was pretty quiet aside from that point though as his team lost twice, their first two regulation losses of the season. In what might be considered pretty impressive, he managed to have an even +/- rating in a 9-0 loss to the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Oct. 16 – Tri-City Americans @ Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 19 – Everett Silvertips @ Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 21 – Swift Current Broncos @ Prince Albert Raiders
The Thunderbirds had one game last week and Branden Troock is still out with some kind of illness. He’s missed the past two and a half weeks due to it.
Oct. 16 – Spokane Chiefs @ Seattle Thunderbirds
Oct. 19 – Seattle Thunderbirds @ Spokane Chiefs
Oct. 20 – Seattle Thunderbirds @ Portland Winterhawks
Troy Vance was only able to play in one of the Tigers three games last week and finished with a -3 rating in a 4-3 loss. He might’ve found himself catching whatever Branden Troock has cause he missed the other two games last week with an illness.
Oct. 19 – Quebec Ramparts @ Victoriaville Tigers
Oct. 21 – Victoriaville Tigers@ Shawinigan Cataractes
Prince Edward Island Rocket
Due to his poor starts a couple of weeks ago, Maxime Lagace was demoted to backup this week and only played one of the PEI’s three games (on the second night of a back-to-back). He allowed six goals on 40 shots to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. It doesn’t bode well for his starting chances this week.
Oct. 17 – Halifax Mooseheads @ PEI Rocket
Oct. 19 – PEI Rocket @ Moncton Wildcats
Oct. 20 – Sherbrooke Phoenix @ PEI Rocket